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Top Stories: Dallas School Crossing Guards Controversy; A Look At TCU's Ethnic Studies Major


The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

A battle is brewing in the city of Dallas over school crossing guards. Dallas County Schools bus agency said it doesn’t have the money to continue paying for crossing guards past this month.

That means the city might have to take over the program, and pay for it. City council members grilled city staff about it Wednesday afternoon. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, council members are not happy.

Other stories this evening:

  • In the 1950s, the average American ate 16 pounds of chicken each year. Now, Americans consume more than three times that, making chicken the most popular meat in the country. Today on Think, guest host Lauren Silverman talked with Maryn McKenna about how antibiotics transformed chicken into an industrial commodity. 

  • There’s a new major at Texas Christian Universitys dedicated to shining a light on issues around race and ethnicity. As KERA’s Christopher Connelly reports, it’s part of broader efforts at the Fort Worth university to attract and retain more students of color and improve the campus culture.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Gus Contreras is a digital producer and reporter at KERA News. Gus produces the local All Things Considered segment and reports on a variety of topics from, sports to immigration. He was an intern and production assistant for All Things Considered in Washington D.C.